Three simple precautions will make all the difference in longevity for your: cutting boards, chopping blocks, spoons, spatulas, handles, and more.
- Don’t let soak in water – Like any other wood, long-term water penetration will cause degradation.
- Don’t put in a dishwasher – Hand clean with soap and water; then dry. The extreme heat from a dishwasher will excessively dry and eventually split the wood.
- Treat regularly – Use 100% mineral oil or other food safe wood creams and oils.
Why use mineral oil or wood cream?
Even when faithfully following steps 1 and 2 above, wood will naturally dry out and need rejuvenation. The mineral oil and creams treat and nourish the wood.
How and when to apply:
- Add a liberal amount of mineral oil to all sides of your utensils and tops of your cutting boards with a paper towel or clean rag.
- Allow sufficient time for the oil to absorb into the wood.
- Wipe off any excess oil that may remain.
John Boos shows just how easy maintaining your wood cutting board is.
Additional wood utensil care:
If regular oiling of your utensils is not carried on, a fuzzy haze may start to appear on your wood utensils. No worries. This problem can be addressed by using 180-400 grit sandpaper to create a smooth finish before applying your oil or cream.
Using a sheet of sandpaper; tear off a size that works best for you when sanding utensils.
- Start with a super fine (320 or 400) grit sandpaper and work your way to a more aggressive sandpaper (180-220) if need be. This will prevent removing too much wood material, which may not be necessary or wanted.